You Can Make It

You Can Make It

by Shirley Caesar
     
 

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Shirley Caesar has a masterful command of gospel praise song, and "Lift Him Up," which comes right in the middle of You Can Make It, is a practically generic example of the style, with its frantic tempo, excited chorus, and repeated exhortations to "Praise His name!" Caesar, of course, both leads the choir and provides emotive variations. You might say that the

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Shirley Caesar has a masterful command of gospel praise song, and "Lift Him Up," which comes right in the middle of You Can Make It, is a practically generic example of the style, with its frantic tempo, excited chorus, and repeated exhortations to "Praise His name!" Caesar, of course, both leads the choir and provides emotive variations. You might say that the album breaks down into two types of songs, ones like "Lift Him Up" that start out at a pitch of excitement and stay there throughout, and others like the title song that proceed at a slower pace and begin more quietly, only to build to a fervent climax. But within the strictures of the form, Caesar demonstrates a willingness to incorporate elements of other pop music styles, sometimes ones that are known for being influenced by gospel. You could listen to the first part of the opening track, "Rejoice," and almost think you had put a James Brown record on by mistake, as the music takes a funky turn. "You Can Make It" sounds like a Patti LaBelle ballad for much of its run, while the horn-filled "Nicodemus" has a 1970s pop sound that recalls the rock band Chicago. But Caesar's throaty, impassioned voice is unmistakable, and she's at her best on more traditional gospel tunes like "What Joy," a duet with Bobby Jones. Nevertheless, the subtle varying of styles serves to broaden the appeal of a music that often finds itself preaching, however joyfully, to the choir.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2002
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0080688605025
catalogNumber:
886050
Rank:
107915

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Caesar   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Vocals,Choir Director
Eric Darken   Percussion
Bernard Sterling   Vocals
Barry Green   Trombone
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Derrick Lee   Piano,Choir Director
Michael E. Mathis   Organ,Synthesizer,Chimes,Vocals,Orchestra Bells
Doug Moffet   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Maurice Rogers   Synthesizer,Piano
Percy Gray   Choir Director
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Melvin Gray   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rick Carter   Bass,Bass Guitar,Drum Loop
Calvin Napper   Drums
Tom Wanca   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Rick Watford   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Caesar Singers   Track Performer
Eternity   Vocals
Lisa Butts   Vocals
Gene Conyers   Vocals
New Direction   Vocals
Danny Graham   Choir Director
Donald Gore   Vocals

Technical Credits

Shirley Caesar   Producer,Choir Arrangement
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements
Derrick Lee   Choir Arrangement
Michael E. Mathis   Producer,Choir Arrangement
Bubba Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Ed Stasium   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Bert Stevens   Engineer,Percussion Engineer
Mark Williams   Engineer,Synthesizer Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Percy Gray   Choir Arrangement
Jeff Lane   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Bobby Lee Jones   Choir Arrangement
Alvin Williams   Executive Producer
Beth Lee   Art Direction
David Hamilton   String Arrangements
Gene Conyers   Director
Marc Lacuesta   Vocal Engineer
Danny Graham   Choir Arrangement

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